‘Bill Engvall’ Ad Disrupts ‘Family Guy’

Jun 6, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Viewers are upset by an intrusive ad for “The Bill Engvall Show” that aired during “Family Guy” on TBS, the New York Post reports. The spot features Engvall walking into the bottom of the screen and pausing the currently playing “Family Guy” episode with a remote before talking about his own show, the newspaper says.
—Vlada Gelman


  1. Those ads along the bottom 1/3 of the screen are obtrusive enough. You don’t need to annoy your viewers by interrupting a program in the middle of a scene to play an ad for another program on your network. very poor taste. In this day and age of DVRs and watching shows online, these overlaid ads are necessary evils. But, to pause a show in the middle to advertise for another is very bad advertising technique.

  2. http://iamatvjunkie.typepad.com/i_am_a_tv_junkie_a_blog_f/2008/06/bill-engvall-paused-my-tv-just-to-tell-me-about-his-damned-show.html
    Well, it’s not really in the middle of the episode, they’re running the promo right before the commercial break, but I will tell you this, if I was ever interested in watching Bill Engvall before this, TBS just sealed the deal for me NOT to watch the show.
    As the kids say, “That’s how I roll.”

  3. “Engvall” did this last year too – during Everybody Loves Raymond repeats. It’s pretty obnoxious.

  4. I do find it a little funny that this has been going on some time now, and yet, when the News Corp-owned Family Guy was the interrupted show, the News Corp-owned New York Post had something to say about it.
    I’d still like to have been in on those meetings at the various networks that decided “Hey, let’s clutter the screen with even more useless smeg like those irritating flash ads the internet users just love, solid logos on the side of the screen with a description of what’s coming soon beside it, and trip up a commercial lead-in joke to promote another show, because, gosh darn it, we can’t wait until we actually get to the commercial break to promote ourselves and our wares.”

  5. TBS already shows ads for the Bill Engvall show before and after the commercial breaks. That’s about 4 ads in one 30 minute show. Add the little ads that fill the 1/3 of the screen, which pop up about 4 or 5 times during each episode. And now we have that washed up comedian pausing our show to tell us about a sitcom nobody wants to watch. That’s 10 ADS IN ONE SHOW. Give us a damn break…
    This does NOT make me want to watch the show any more than I already didn’t.

  6. You can always tell when a movie or new tv show is going to suck so bad that the viewer won’t be able to breath.
    It’s when they advertise the absolute and complete crap out of it.
    TBS sucks. The good news is that everyone knows it now. I mean, seriously, has anyone seen a comment on ANY message board that thinks these ads are a good idea???

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